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07-08-2016 12:28 AM
OlHossCanada Stock tires are front 100/90-19.
I switched out to one size oversize a few years ago. A Challenger by Kenda in a 110/90-19.
It rides and handles well, and makes the speedo very close to accurate.

IIRC it was Knifemaker who pointed out sometime ago the odometer is accurate with the OEM size, and reads a few percent high with the oversize front tire.

The stock rear tire is 150/90-15.
Some/many members have reported installing 170/80-15 tires without problems.
The side walls are very close to the swing arms but do not rub.

I am not convinced the 750 NEEDS a bigger tire as the 1200cc Goldwings had the 150/90-15 size tire too.
The 1500 cc GW went up one size to a 160/90-15.

However having said that, I am going to the darkside in the next few days and installing a 165/80-15 car tire.
(The same size as fits the old VW Beetle.)

I have read a lot about it, and 90% of those who have tried it say they will never come back to a m/c tire on the rear wheel of a cruiser.

For any who may be interested here are some links.

Dark Wing--Darkside Gold Wing (car tire on a Gold Wing)

The Dark Side

Riding on the Darkside

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07-07-2016 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by vulkan View Post
Rear tire!!!Looking for a affordable rear tire good for short/local rides.Bought one couple years ago in the $50 range...Shimino or something.What size you guys running??(Would like to stay stock).
What size does it say on the tire you have on now?
07-06-2016 02:56 PM
Goofyfoot2001 Get the oversized tire. Not much more and looks cool as hell. The tires are on here someplace.
07-06-2016 01:12 AM
OleDirtyDoc Yes yes my speedo goes well with my oversize(just a little) spare tire
07-05-2016 08:31 PM
Spockster x2 on the speedo with oversize tire.

Have the same Shinko 230 front/rear, oversize. Can still run the rear for a while but it's almost smooth in the middle at 5000 miles.

Next rear might be darkside.
07-05-2016 08:05 PM
gidaeon You mean Shinko.

I run shinko 230 tourmaster front and rear; my oversized front (110/90/19) was under $60 shipped rear was like $75. Read the "sticky" or vulcan verses for upsizing and pics. I went with oversized front but stock rear myself as the rear is already large for the frame IMO. The oversize front makes speedo dead-on.

They are quiet and grippy but have a reputation for wearing down more quickly.
07-05-2016 07:22 PM
vulkan Oh my bad...guess I was thinking about a front tire at that price range.Looks like a rear "Shinko" run me $100+.(Yes I know to get the splins lubed...thanks)
07-05-2016 07:08 PM
Time for a new....

Rear tire!!!Looking for a affordable rear tire good for short/local rides.Bought one couple years ago in the $50 range...Shimino or something.What size you guys running??(Would like to stay stock).

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